We just got our grabby hands on some images Sylvia took of the KC design duo in action, and we HAVE to share. These images have never been seen before, and we feel so special for being able to reveal them first:
Earlier this year, Nancy and Erin were hard at work in their studio conceptualizing and designing for their collection of full length wedding gowns. Sylvia Hagar of Syltastic Photography happened to catch the designers on such a day, and captured some images of the duo in the beginning stages of development. To see the complete feature and for additional photos please visit her blog.
Sylvia is not a new name with Knot Couture. You may remember Sylvia from our blog feature on her photography back in February. She also jumped on the other side of the camera and modeled one of our short dresses, Roxy Thrasher.
At the time Sylvia took the following photos of Erin and Nancy designing, there was some discussion about carrying over a couple of the short dresses from the first collection by creating long dress versions of them. The designers were photographed draping long skirt ideas on Roxy Thrasher. This concept may still be coming up, you will just have to keep your eyes peeled.
It is always lovely to be recognized by an equally talented peer for having raw talent. It makes our designers very giddy.
We are SO looking forward to our Fall 2011 collection along with the next series of KC photo shoots! If you follow us on Facebook, then you may have seen us in action during previous photo shoot days. We decided to compile our behind the scenes pics for those of you who are curious about what exactly it is that we do at our photo shoots. The gowns, the styling, makeup and hair choices, even the bouquets from the Spring 2011 collection were selected by mutual decision of the designers themselves. It wouldn’t be worth all the effort without all of the talented individuals we work with: the models, makeup and hair stylists and the oh-so-wonderful photographers make each photo shoot memorable. They have become very near and dear to us, and we are excited to work with everyone again very soon! The date will be announced very soon, so be sure to like us on Facebook so that you will catch first wind of the upcoming dates!
How exciting! Knot Couture has been listed among Kat William’s favorite non-traditional wedding dress companies this week! Read her post on Alternative & Non-Strapless Wedding Dress Ideas for a Rock n Roll Bride to see photos of Roxy Thrasher and Crystal Dawn! If you all remember, we recently had a dress giveaway on Rock N’ Roll Bride. Read more about that here.
Remember, if you like what you see in our Etsy shop, but it’s not EXACTLY what you want- hit us up and we’ll make it happen. We LOVE custom designs!
We are happy to share that ‘Roxy Thrasher‘ has been featured in a treasury by a fellow Etsy lover. The treasury is titled “Southern Fun Wedding” and showcases various farm friendly, vintage inspired, and unique wedding items. We are very happy to be included!
Coupon code ROCKNROLLBRIDE10 can be used on Etsy until March 9th to receive 10% off your order.
We have had the pleasure of being introduced to the lovely Sylvia Hagar last year when we were first starting Knot Couture. Sylvia came into the Knot Couture family as a model with her boyfriend, she modeled ‘Roxy Thrasher’. Since that shoot she has become a friend and HUGE supporter and promoter of everything we do.
There is more to Sylvia then just a pretty face and sexy German accent, she is the proud owner of Syltastic Photography. Her photography ranges from pin-up to weddings, and everything in between. She has an eye for capturing the unique personalities of her subjects, and these ability comes across in all of her photos. You may recognize Sylvia’s name as her photography is featured in several different tattoo magazines and publications. Read on for a mini interview from Sylvia Hagar and all thing Syltastic.
Why the drastic change from working in cancer research to photography?
I used to work at the German Cancer Research Center and University of Heidelberg in fruit fly laboratories specializing in micro injections with fly embryos. I enjoyed working in the science field but thought there had to be more in life than that 9 to 5 job, the same town and the same ole faces every single day.
I had been thinking about moving to the US since I was 16ish. I finally immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2005 and love it.
What type of camera do you typically shoot with?
I still shoot with the first canon I bought back in 06 which is a Canon Rebel XT. I’m not very high tech and I am a complete dummy when it comes to the technical part of photography. I am all self taught and unfortunately don’t have the patience to even read any tutorials. I like to do whatever seems right at the time of the shoot.
Why the squirrel?
When I first moved to the US I was bored to death without having a full time job. I decided to invest in my first SLR, sat in the backyard taking pictures of squirrels.
Soon after, I saw an ad in a local tattoo magazine looking for interns. I thought to my self that I had nothing to lose and applied with my portfolio of squirrels. I ended up getting hired right away having to cover a live band at a venue in Atlanta the very next night. Back then I had never photographed a concert, did not know my way around and barely knew more than how to turn my camera on.
Long story short, it all worked out great. Within the next two years I had shot numerous well known bands, tattoo conventions and models scattered through out the south. It was a fun learning by doing process.
Oh yeah and obviously my logo is in honor of those cute little fuzzy squirrels that inspired me to snap away.
What types of shoots are you available for?
10 magazine covers with Prick Magazine
1 magazine cover with Ruckus Magazine
Roller Derby features with Fracture Magazine
Interview with Tattoosnob.com
What projects are you involved in?
I recently started painting (acrylics). I have finished about 6 canvases so far.
I will be posting pictures on my blog very soon.
You are newly engaged! Congratulations! You are probably wondering what to do next. Here is a simple breakdown and pointers for brides that are looking at taking on the job of planning every last detail of their big day:
STEP 1: Announce your engagement: Have a party, send a funny E-card, or utilize your social networks.
STEP 2: Set the Budget: First, determine who is paying for the wedding. Tradition hardly holds true with DIY brides nowadays, so you and your future hubby need to put your heads together and decide who is paying for what. Then you need to set priorities. If you have your heart set on a huge, lavish wedding, then cut back on the number of guests to stay within budget. These days, there are many wedding websites and phone apps that enable you to maintain a wedding budget- utilize your resources!
STEP 3: Book Your Venue and Set the Date: Here’s the tricky part- the longer you have, the more time you have to stay within budget and of course to prepare. If you want to be married in less then 6 months keep in mind many vendors charge extra. Often times the venue you want to get married at will determine the date depending on their availability. Try and be flexible with the date and you will find that you have many more venue options. If you have a large guest list, you may need to choose a cheaper venue and think of having a cocktail reception instead of a dinner or luncheon reception. While your ceremony will be short and whiz by, your reception is where guests will let loose and celebrate! Choose a venue where you and your guests will be comfortable- after all, you know your friends and family best (especially once alcohol enters their systems).
STEP 4: Start the Guestlist and Send the Save-the-Date Cards: Beginning a guest list early will ensure the invitations are sent in a timely fashion. You want to give your guests plenty of notice to clear their schedules (especially if travel is involved), so sending out save-the-dates will give you time to find and/or make the perfect invitations!
STEP 5: Decide on a Style or Theme for your Wedding: Choose a style that reflects the personalities of you and your husband-to-be. Remember, this is not only YOUR day, it is also HIS day. Besides, if you add a personal touch, it makes the day more memorable for your guests. Work together with your fiancé to choose colors, decor, etc.
STEP 6: Contact Knot Couture to make your wedding dress! Then, start your search for other wedding vendors. Etsy is a great resource for customized wedding favors and decor.
Remember to have fun! Happy planning!
At Knot Couture, we not only take pride in our work, we take pride in showcasing our work. It has taken the help of several people to do this, including our amazing models and photographers. Although we have been through a few snags, several cuss words and hundreds of pin pricks, there are still 3 dresses left to schedule shoots for! We have been working diligently on our Spring 2011 collection (which is still a work in progress) and we have been having such a great time in the process!
Yesterday was the photo shoot for our 9th design ‘Roxy Thrasher’. Originally we had planned on making 8 dresses, all short with one exception (‘Kitty Von Lixon’ has yet to be born). ‘Roxy Thrasher’ is this season’s love child. The design changed 3 or 4 times, and had to be taken apart at least twice before we were satisfied. The flowered waist band was WAY too puffed out until we ironed it flat. Basically, everything that could go wrong on this dress, went. But we stayed patient and persisted, because we knew we could make it work one way or another. Everything did work out in the end, and quite well we might add. The birth of ‘Roxy Thrasher’ has inspired us despite all of the labor we went through to bring her to life.
Every time something goes wrong and we hit a snag, we remember that we can always turn things around and find the positive in it! For example, our photo shoots can be time consuming, there may be no access to electricity, we may have to pop a squat and sometimes we may not get the photos we need at all. But ultimately, we have fun and make new friends, and that’s what we love the most about this whole experience!